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Illinois schools receiving 5,000 trees from IDOT

Springfield — The Illinois Department of Transportation is  distributing 5,000 seedlings to schools all over the state during  this week in cooperation with Living Lands & Waters in honor of Earth Day on April 22. The “Trees to Schools” initiative helps offset  loss of trees removed or otherwise affected by construction and activities.

 

Each of the nine highway districts receives 550 trees to distribute to local schools. Schools that participate will use the trees to distribute them to students as a learning opportunity about the importance of trees to the environment. One tree can produce more oxygen in a single season as 10 humans consume in one year. Trees can absorb carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide and release oxygen in return. Trees also reduce erosion, filter chemicals, produce shade and provide habitat and food for birds and other animals.

 

The trees were provided for free to IDOT as part of Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project. Varieties included red oak, swamp white oak, bur oak and redbud.

Since 2009, IDOT has distributed approximately 50,000 seedlings through Living Lands & Waters, a nonprofit environmental organization headquartered in East Moline.


 

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Earthfest 2019 Event to be Held in Chandler Park

MACOMB – Western Illinois University’s Horn Environment Learning Project (HELP) will be hosting its annual Earthfest celebration on Saturday, April 20th, in Macomb’s Chandler Park. The event will go from 9am to 5pm. The event will be featuring performances from live bands, as well as eco-friendly activities and arts and crafts for all ages.

 

The event will also be hosting a variety of guest speakers throughout the afternoon. Those speaking include WIU Associate Professor of Agriculture Joel Gruver talking about worms, nematodes and sustainable farming; WIU English Professor Bill Knox delivering "Looking Through the Other End of the Telescope: Another Approach to Sustainability"; John Curtis talking about the benefits of small scale, sustainable farming; and Tim Howe talking about trees.

 

The schedule for this year’s event is as follows:

• 9 a.m. – 5K run

• 11 a.m. – Guest speaker 

• Noon – "TV Cinema"

• 1 p.m. – Guest speaker

• 2 p.m. – "Father Talljasper"

• 3 p.m. – Guest speaker

• 4 p.m. – "Amadeus Groove"

For more information about the HELP organization, visit bit.ly/2KKf4Cz.

 

Original story by WIU News. Find them here.

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Increased During March

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced on April 18th, 2019 that the unemployment rate has risen +0.1 percent in the month of March. This brings Illinois’ unemployment rate to 4.4 percent. Also, nonfarm payrolls were down -2,800 jobs over the month based on preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES.

 

“This administration has begun the hard work of restoring fiscal sanity to our state so that we can build a thriving economy for all Illinoisans,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Governor Pritzker laid out a bold agenda that protects working families and makes the long-term investments needed to grow good-paying jobs in this state.”

 

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.6 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for March 2019, which remained at 3.8 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is up +0.1 percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.3 percent.

 

The number of unemployed workers increased from the prior month, +1.1 percent to 284,400, and was up +1.3 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was about unchanged over-the-month but was up +0.1 percentage point over-the-year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment.

 

Average payroll employment growth during the January to March three-month period was +4,400 jobs, with the largest gains in Manufacturing (+1,700), Professional and Business Services (+1,300) and Educational and Health Services (+1,100).

 

In March, the industry sectors with the largest over-the-month gains in employment were: Manufacturing (+1,400), Financial Activities (+1,400), Leisure and Hospitality (+1,200) and Other Services (+1,200). The industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Professional and Business Services (-4,200), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,000) and Construction (-1,600).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +47,400 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in March: Education and Health Services (+14,000), Manufacturing (+9,000), and Professional and Business Services (+8,400). The industry sectors with over-the-year declines were: Construction (-4,700), Information (-2,900) and Mining (-200). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.8 percent over-the-year as compared to the nation’s +1.7 percent over-the-year gain in March.

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WIU Alum Creates New Scholarship Supporting LGBTQA Students

MACOMB – Western Illinois University alum, Molly Holmes, has started a new scholarship for LGBTQA students. Holmes main motivation for the scholarship is to make sure WIU LGBTQA students know they are valued, and they matter.

 

Holmes has established the Supporting LGBTQA+ Leathernecks Scholarship, which will be awarded each fall to an LGBT*QA student at Western. The scholarship is open to students who identify as LGBTQA+, are in good academic standing and who demonstrate financial need. Full details on the application and selection process are available from the LGBT*QA Resource Center.

 

As a student at WIU, Holmes was a peer health educator through Beu Health Center, a member of Unity and an assistant complex director in University Housing and Dining Services. "Western was pivotal in my development both as a student and as a professional due in part to mentors who valued me as a person, inclusive of my sexuality and gender," Holmes said. "I want everyone to have that experience and have it at Western."

 

Holmes, a queer-identified 2001 teacher education/health education graduate and 2004 College Student Personnel graduate, is the director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at Northern Illinois University. In her role as director, she advocates for equity for all genders and sexual identities at NIU and within the surrounding area. Within the last academic year alone, she has developed over 20 tailored, department-specific trainings on LGBTQA+ inclusion and gender equity and has presented at two national conferences.

 

Holmes hopes the upcoming Western Challenge, which takes place on April 24 - Purple & Gold Day - will create visibility for this scholarship and will give it additional momentum to help more students, create awareness and uplift current LGBT*QA students.

"In times when enrollment is down across the state, this is an opportunity for the University to show support for underrepresented identities and show that Western is a place where everybody is welcome and valued," she added. "LGBTQA+ students count and matter to the Western community."

During the Western Challenge - and on any given day - individuals who wish to contribute to the new Supporting LGBTQA+ Leatherneck Scholarship can visit wiu.edu/giving and select Supporting LGBTQA+ Leatherneck Scholarship.

 

Original story by WIU News. Find them here.

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WIU Announces This Month's "Advisor of the Month" Recipient

MACOMB – The Western Illinois University’s Council of Academic Advisors Awards and Recognition Committee has announced this month’s Advisor of the Month. The recipient of the award was Christina Ramsey, of the College of Business and Technology.

 

"Every visit I have with Chris encourages me to try harder in all of my classes," said senior network technologies manor Jeff Swanson, of Chadwick, IL, one of Ramsey's nominators. "She shares insight into challenges of some classes and potential solutions. Because of her I have been able to maintain the highest GPA I have ever received." 

"I work in the Eastern Hemisphere, but it doesn't take long to receive a response from Christina," said WIU sophomore cyber security major Angel Raya, of Mackinaw, IL, a second nominator. "She is dedicated and helpful.  She even helped me secure a USCIS internship in Washington, DC for Summer 2019." 

Each month, a WIU advisor is honored with a certificate and trophy. Award winners are decided by a committee that considers each of the applications for the month.

For more information about advising services at Western, visit wiu.edu/advising.

 

Original story by WIU News. Find them here.

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ETSB and CCB Meeting Notice

MACOMB – The Emergency Telephone Systems Board (ETSB) and the Communication Center Board will be holding a meeting on Tuesday April 30th, 2019 at the Macomb Police Department Training Room.

 

The ETSB will meet at 3pm with the Communications Center Board Meeting following directly after. The meeting will be about conducting business for both Boards.

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WIU Broadcasting Students Win Nine INBA Awards

MACOMB – Western Illinois University students in the Broadcasting and Journalism Department were awarded nine state broadcasting awards during the state’s Illinois News Broadcasters Association (INBA) conference, held in Normal, IL, this past weekend. The department was notified earlier this month that WIU students had won either first or second place in news and sports categories in the competition. 

"The department is very proud of all of our students and the work they're doing," said WIU Broadcasting Instructor Jasmine Crighton. "WIU students this year won more awards than any of the other state universities. Our faculty works hard to provide lots of hands-on opportunities so students can practice their skills regularly. It shows in the recognition our students received in the SINBA competition."

This year's WIU award winners at the INBA conference were:
• Outstanding Soft Radio Program – Second place: Kyle O'Reilley, a junior broadcasting major, of Roscoe, IL

• Outstanding Radio News Reporting – First place: Emily Stieren, a junior broadcasting major, of Springfield, IL

• Outstanding Radio Sports Reporting: First place: Devin Christmon, a senior sports broadcasting major, of Springfield, IL

• Outstanding Radio Sports Reporting: Second place: MaKenzie Yearby, a junior broadcasting major, of Grandview, MO

• Outstanding Use of Sound – First place: Stieren

• Outstanding Hard Television Program – First place: Devin Brooks, a sophomore broadcasting major, of St. Louis, MO

• Outstanding Soft Television Program – Second place: Marcellus Angel, a junior broadcasting major of Milan, IL

• Outstanding Television News Reporting – First place: Brooks

• Outstanding Television Sports Reporting – Second place: Christmon

During the conference, Brooks was awarded the Ed Brown Scholarship and Stieren was awarded the Bill Miller Scholarship. 

For more information about the WIU Department of Broadcasting and Journalism, visit wiu.edu/bcj.

 

Original story by WIU News. Find them here.

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WIU Alumna Cast in International Tour of "Wizard of Oz"

MACOMB – Western Illinois University alumna, Hollyn Gayle (Beans), a 2017 graduate with a bachelor's degree in musical theatre, was recently cast as the understudy of Dorothy Gale and an ensemble member in an international tour of "The Wizard of Oz."

The tour will perform in China for 13 weeks this summer, playing in major cities like Shanghai and Beijing, and will carry into Bahrain for an additional week before Gayle returns to the U.S.

 

Gayle states that there are many things she is excited for with this opportunity. "While I’m excited to perform this iconic story all across China, I’m also looking forward to experiencing the Chinese culture and seeing their world renowned historical sites," said Gayle.

Before leaving for the tour, Gayle is fitting in one final contract as Bird Girl in "Seussical: The Musical." The show will play to thousands of local school children throughout the month of April.

Since graduating from WIU, Gayle has worked for six different Equity theatre companies. In Summer 2018, she performed the roles of Minnie Fay in "Hello, Dolly!", Violet in "Violet," and Celia in "As You Like It" at Ozark Actors Theatre. The latter two roles earned Gayle Best Actress Awards in the Broadway World St. Louis regional awards.

 

Gayle credits her education at WIU for helping her to get where she is today. “I am so thankful to WIU's Theatre and Dance department for giving me the one-on-one, individualized training I needed to grow and sharpen my skill set,” said Gayle. “Thinking back to my audition in New York for this tour, I can point out so many specific parts of my training that helped me succeed. The piece I auditioned with was one I had coached with my voice teacher since fall of my freshman year. I held my own at the dance callback because of the excellent dance training I received at WIU.”

For more information on the tour, visit wizardofoztour.com. To learn more about Gayle, visit hollyngayle.com.

 

Original story by WIU News. Find them here.

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WIU Accountancy Programs Receive IMA Endorsement

MACOMB - Western Illinois University's Bachelor of Business in Accountancy and Master of Accountancy programs both joined an elite group of accounting programs in the United States by receiving endorsement approval under IMA's (Institute of Management Accountants) Higher Education Endorsement Program. 

Only 45 schools in the Americas, and 75 worldwide, boast the endorsement from IMA. According to the website, IMA's Higher Education Endorsement Program is a stamp of excellence. It signifies that the accounting program provides the rigorous curriculum needed for students to prepare for the CMA exam and successful careers in management accounting. 

"One of our program's objectives is to provide students the knowledge and expertise to be able to sit for and pass certification exams to help them on the journey to successful careers in accounting, so this endorsement really validates our program and the preparation our students receive," said Amy Ford, CPA, CMA, accounting instructor.

 

"This endorsement recognizes Western Illinois University's accounting program and the commitment to academic excellence at WIU, as well as our students' personal growth," said Accounting Department Chair Gregg Woodruff.

Western offers both an undergraduate and master's degree in accounting, as well as an integrated five-year program in which students can earn both degrees in only five years. The accounting degree is also available fully online.

 

For more information on WIU's accounting department and degrees, visit wiu.edu/accounting

 

Original story by WIU News. Find them here.

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McDonough District Hospital Offering Free Childbirth Classes

MACOMB – The McDonough District Hospital will be offering a range of free classes on both childbirth and infant care. The classes will begin in May and run through June.

 

The first is a series of classes that are a free 4-week L.A.T.E. Childbirth Instruction class that will start on Thursday evenings, running May 2, 9, 16, and 23. This four-class series will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in Auditorium B located on the lower level of the hospital. The series will explain the stages of labor: Latent, Active, Transition, and Expulsion (L.A.T.E.), as well as breathing and relaxation techniques to make each phase of labor as manageable as possible.

 

On Saturday, May 4, from 10-11 a.m. MDH will offer a Sibling Class for future "big brothers" or "big sisters". Class instructors use interactive play and videos to help siblings see how important they are when welcoming a new baby. Milk and cookies will be provided, and children will have an opportunity to color a picture that will be placed on the crib of "their baby" after he or she arrives.

 

Additional classes for expectant families include a Breastfeeding Class (May 30), a Cesarean Section Class (June 6), and a Postpartum Care and Understanding Your Newborn (June 13).

 

The L.A.T.E. Class Series will also be offered in an 8-hour session on Saturday, June 1. Running 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., this class will provide the same information offered in the 4-week L.A.T.E. series. There will be several short breaks during the class, as well as a 30-minute lunch break.

 

MDH provides childbirth classes online as well. The internet-based program is a convenient

alternative for those who can’t attend an on-site class due to scheduling conflicts, time constraints or health issues.

 

For more information or to register for classes, call the MDH Obstetrics Department at (309) 836-1570 or at www.MDH.org.

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Mississippi River Flooding Presents Unique Academic Opportunities to WIU-QC Students

Moline, IL- The Mississippi River has been right at the front steps of WIU's Quad Cities campus. Although the flooding presents challenges for the community, the WIU-QC professors are using the opportunity for educational purposes.

 

According to Rob Porter, a professor at WIU-QC, said the river and the flooding are a great object lesson on how flooding occurs. He also explains how land resources can be managed to accommodate flooding and promote healthy recreation. Students are able to see how low  floodplains without levees allow the river to flood horizontally, which can alleviate vertical flooding.With levees and flood control structures at work, the flooding will occur vertically. This is important  context of recreation and resource management to manage adjacent land to accommodate for horizontal flooding. Which is different than block the water out exacerbating vertical flooding. Examples of this are found just outside the QC campus buildings.

 

Ben Butterworth Parkway, the multi-use trail, the lawns on campus and detention basins are designed to withstand flooding. There is little infrastructure that can be damaged liked the surfaces of grass or  cement are durable and only required a bit of clean-up after a major flood. This case happen in downtown Davenport, IA. By designing and managing riverfront land as parks to accommodate flood waters, the need for levees was removed, wiched decreased vertical flooding and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities.

 

Another WIU-QC faculty member who had used the flooding as a learning opportunity is environmental studies Professor Roger Viadero. The flood waters rose to cover River Drive in Moline, which caused him  and Anshu Singh, a doctoral student in WIU’s environmental science program, to track the depth and speed of water in certain places that were rarely connected to the river. For example, on April 2, they measure the depth and speed of water at the curb in front of the WIU-QC campus. The flood water was 12 inches above the curb and had a surface speed of 1.1 mph. Five days later, the water was 34 inches deep, and average a velocity of 1.8 mph.As a point of reference, according to the National Park Service, the average surface speed of the Mississippi River ranges from 1.2 mph at its origin to around 3 mph in New Orleans, LA. Viadero also placed pins in the ground to mark how far flood waters extended onto the campus. Once the flood waters recede, Viadero and his students map the locations for comparison with any future flooding events.

 

"We know the Mississippi River is a great asset of the Quad Cities region," said Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Initiatives Joe Rives. "Its natural atheistic is a recruitment device to our University and is a wonderful teaching tool. In planning the campus, we knew that there would be times requiring flexibility, as the campus is built on the 100-500 year flood planes. We are thankful to former congressman Lane Evans for securing the funding leading to the construction of University Drive that keep the campus open during time of significant flooding. We also built the campus with flooding in mind through installation of retention basins and indigenous plantings that would live through flooding. These are also linked to our academic programs."


For more information about WIU's Quad Cities campus, visit wiu.edu/qc.

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State Board of Education, Illinois State Police, join forces to educate teen drivers about Scott's Law

SPRINGFIELD – Sixteen Illinois State Troopers have been hit or lost their lives on the road thus far in 2019. The rate doubled compared to eight last year in 2018. The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois State Police are now working together to ensure all drivers  have the information they need to protect those who protect us.

 

“Scott’s Law” is known as the “Move Over Law” that was named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department. He was killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash site on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Scott’s Law mentioned that upon approaching any stationary vehicle with flashing emergency lights, including commercial trucks and cars, all approaching vehicles shall: reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with caution.

 

The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois State Police created and distributed the below flyer to driver education programs, district and regional superintendents, and principals to post in classrooms and deliver to teen drivers and their families.

 

Click here or visit https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ISBE-MoveOver-Flyer.pdf to view, download, and share the flyer.

 

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Polley Named Vice President for Administrative Services

MACOMB – William Polley, interim vice president for administrative services, has been named vice president for administrative services at Western Illinois University, effective July 1. Polley has served as the interim vice president for administrative services since May 2018. He has also previously served as the interim associate dean of WIU's College of Business and Technology.

 

Polley came to WIU in 2005 as a faculty member in the Department of Economics and Decision Sciences. He has served as director and program advisor for WIU's MBA program and the graduate program in economics.

 

"Dr. Polley's extensive experience in economics and his business and management experience will help move the University in a positive direction," said WIU President Jack Thomas. 

As vice president for administrative services, Polley is the liaison on financial matters to various state and federal agencies, and to the many external constituencies the University serves. He also oversees the direction and leadership of Business Services, Document and Publication Services, Facilities Management, Human Resources, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute and Media Resource Center, Public Safety, Purchasing, Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness. Polley will also oversee the insurance and state-mandated ethics programs, provide University coordination with legal counsel and serve as the administrative liaison to the Council of Administrative Personnel and the Civil Service Employees Council.

 

Original story by WIU News. Find them here.

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Illinois Ready to Expand, Make Successful Medical Cannabis Program Permanent

SPRINGFIELD - As discussions at the Capitol continue on adult use of cannabis, Illinois is moving ahead with plans to expand and make permanent the help that medical cannabis has provided to thousands of people.
 
The Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois is fully supportive of House Bill 895, pending a vote in the Illinois House. The bill pushed by Rep. Bob Morgan – the former head of the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program – would make the pilot program permanent and expand qualifying conditions for medical cannabis treatment.

 

MCAI is a trade association based in Springfield formed to represent cultivation centers and dispensaries licensed under the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. MCAI also announces its new online resource to help people get access to the medical cannabis: www.cannaqualify.com.

 

“Many people benefit every day from medical cannabis pain relief that they simply cannot get through opioids and other medications. Cannabis is changing lives for the better,” said Pamela Althoff, MCAI’s executive director. “Yet, too many Illinoisans don’t know if they qualify for medical cannabis help, or they hear misinformation about what our members can offer. We’re working to ensure Illinoisans who want to live healthier lives know their Road to Relief begins by visiting www.cannaqualify.com to find out everything they need to know about the program. We will work closely with Rep. Morgan and our other allies to make medical cannabis permanent and more expansive to help more people get the relief they deserve.”

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Luther College Hosting Climate Justice Week

DECORAH, IOWA – The Luther College will be presenting Climate Justice Week from April 25th to May 2nd. It will explore various climate-related issues through lectures, performances and other events.

 

The week's events begin with a lecture presented by Jim Martin-Schramm, Luther professor religion and director of the Center for Sustainable Communities, titled "Luther's Path to Carbon Neutrality," at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, April 25, in Peace Dining Room. A lecture by Eric Baack, Luther associate professor of biology, and Jodi Enos-Berlage, Luther professor of biology, titled "What is in our water? Testing for disease-causing organisms in Winneshiek County's springs, streams and private wells" The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Decorah Public Library Meeting Room and will discuss research done in summer 2018 by a team of Luther faculty and students, and scientists from the U.S. Geological Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Luther's annual David J. Roslien Lecture on Science and Leadership will be presented by world famous climate scientist, James Hansen, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Hansen's lecture is titled "Shape Your Future: Energy, Climate and Human Rights." The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. A question and answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.

 

The Decorah Middle School will partner with members of the Luther community will participate in the Decorah Walk for Water, a water-awareness walk to the Upper Iowa River at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, beginning in the Olin parking lot on Luther's campus. Buckets of water will be collected and carried through town, emulating the effort it takes for most of the world's population to get their water. The walk is part of a fundraising effort, in concert with the ELCA group Water to Thrive, to build a well at a site in Tanzania.

 

The week's events will conclude with a performance by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, hip-hop artist and Earth Guardians youth director, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Bentdahl Commons on the Luther campus. Martinez's performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. The Luther Center for the Arts atrium will serve as a rain location.

 

Climate Justice Week is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the Center for Sustainable Communities. For more information on Climate Justice Week and a complete schedule of events visit luther.edu/climate-justice-week/.

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Master Gardeners to Hold Plant Sale Mother's Day Weekend

GALESBURG – The Knox County Master Gardeners will be holding their 21st annual plant sale on May 10th and 11th from 8am to 5pm at the Knox County Nursing Home Gazebo. The Gazebo is located on 800 North Market Street in Knoxville, IL.

 

The Master Gardeners will be offering information on plant selection, soil preparation, planting techniques, vegetable gardening, lawn care and composting. The Gardeners will also be hosting tours of their display gardens and will offer free literature on dozens of other garden topics.

 

“After a long winter, our sale is a fantastic way to launch your spring gardening,” said Chris Enroth, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator. “Knowledgeable Master Gardener volunteers can advise you on the proper plants and the best way to care for them. The sale features divided varieties of perennials that are suitable for many types of conditions.”

 

Another focus are the plants native to the area. These plants and others that are pollinator-insect-friendly will help to preserve the threatened monarch butterfly population and will also support native bees and other pollinating insects.

 

All proceeds from the plant sale help the Master Gardeners maintain the historic gardens at the Knox County Nursing home as well as benefit the residents using horticultural programming.

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House Defeats Measure to Prohibit Colleges from Asking About Applicants Criminal History

A measure which would prohibit any public or private college or university in the state from asking about or considering an applicant’s criminal history during the admissions process was defeated in the Illinois House of Representatives Friday morning.

 

The bill, sponsored by Chicago Democrat Mary Flowers, provided exceptions to comply with federal law and a state law that requires medical schools to check the criminal history of applicants, but that wasn’t assurance enough for many members, especially those who have colleges, universities, and community colleges in their districts. The measure was defeated on a vote of 40 in favor, 60 against. Supporters of the bill said It would not prevent campus officials from asking students who have already enrolled questions about past criminal acts. 

 

Opponents, like State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) who appreciates Representative Flowers attempt to make higher education available to a larger pool of individuals, however, she wants to make sure that students who choose to stay in Illinois to go to college are safe.   Attached are comments from the representative during debate.  In addition to being concerned about the safety aspect, Hammond also believes there needs to be a common application among Illinois colleges.

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Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Golf Outing Event Details

The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Macomb Area

Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, presented by MTC Communications, on

May 31, 2019 at Macomb Country Club, 20 Hickory Grove.

The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 9 am. Check-in and breakfast are

served at 8 am. All-inclusive  pricing features 18 holes of golf with cart,

breakfast/lunch/snacks, mulligans, prize giveaways, networking opportunities,

and more. Entry fees will be  $110 for individuals or $440 for a foursome.

Registration received by May 13 will receive and early bird pricing of $100

for each individual.

 

The foundation will welcome all  businesses and organizations to

participate and sponsor the event. The golf tournament is the sole fundraising

activity in the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and is increasing in

popularity every year. All the proceeds will go to help the Macomb Area Chamber

of Commerce in their organization’s mission to promotes the growth of the

Macomb area and serves as a catalyst for the business, professional camp, educational

community’s efforts to enhance the economic climate, and the  quality of life.

 

The format for the tournament is a 4-player format with morning tee off.

Various hole contests and activities will be available throughout the event.

More information about the tournament, including online registration and

sponsorships will be added to the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce

website at www.macombareachamber.com. Follow the Macomb Area

Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and Instagram.

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Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Golf Outing Event Details

The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Macomb Area

Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, presented by MTC Communications, on

May 31, 2019 at Macomb Country Club, 20 Hickory Grove.

The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 9 am. Check-in and breakfast are

served at 8 am. All-inclusive  pricing features 18 holes of golf with cart,

breakfast/lunch/snacks, mulligans, prize giveaways, networking opportunities,

and more. Entry fees will be  $110 for individuals or $440 for a foursome.

Registration received by May 13 will receive and early bird pricing of $100

for each individual.

 

The foundation will welcome all  businesses and organizations to

participate and sponsor the event. The golf tournament is the sole fundraising

activity in the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and is increasing in

popularity every year. All the proceeds will go to help the Macomb Area Chamber

of Commerce in their organization’s mission to promotes the growth of the

Macomb area and serves as a catalyst for the business, professional camp, educational

community’s efforts to enhance the economic climate, and the  quality of life.

 

The format for the tournament is a 4-player format with morning tee off.

Various hole contests and activities will be available throughout the event.

More information about the tournament, including online registration and

sponsorships will be added to the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce

website at www.macombareachamber.com. Follow the Macomb Area

Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and Instagram.

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Duckworth, Blackburn Resolution Recognizing Importance of Vaccines Passes Senate

Washington , D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)  introduced and passed the bipartisan, bicameral Vaccines Save Lives Resolution, to recognize the importance of vaccines and immunizations in the United States. The resolution sends a message of unequivocal congressional support for vaccines and urges parents, in consultation with their health care provider, to follow scientific evidence and the consensus of medical experts in favor of timely vaccinations for the well-being of their children and surrounding communities. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) and Michael Burgess, MD, (R-TX-26) introduced companion legislation to the House of Representatives in the month of March.

 

“The recent measles outbreak is extremely troubling, especially as the mother of two young daughters,” Senator Duckworth said. “Vaccinations and immunizations have saved countless lives and are critical in keeping both children and adults safe from preventable deadly diseases. I’m proud to be working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote research demonstrating vaccines are safe, effective and vital to our nation’s public health.”

 

“As a mother and a grandmother, I want every child to have the best opportunities in life,” said Blackburn. “Doctors have told us time and time again that the science is clear: vaccines save and improve the quality of lives. It is shocking that there are Americans currently at risk due to an outbreak of measles. This is a dark reminder that we must do everything in our power to protect our young ones from dangerous, easily preventable diseases. This bipartisan group is dedicated to informing parents across the country about the overwhelming medical evidence proving that immunization plays a critical role in raising strong, healthy children.”

 

“The scientific and medical communities agree – vaccines are both safe and effective and there is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases,” said Schiff. “Vaccines have saved millions of lives worldwide and prevented suffering for millions more. The importance of vaccinating your children, especially given the recent outbreak of preventable diseases, cannot be overstated.”

 

“Vaccines are one of the most successful products of medical innovation. Since Dr. Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine in 1796, Americans have benefited from vaccines and their ability to improve quality of life and eradicate disease,” said Burgess. “As a physician, I am grateful for their immense value and lifesaving potential. In the 21st century, Congress should be focused on investing in vaccines’ further development as safe and effective tools to protect Americans and people around the world from preventable suffering.”

 

The Vaccines Save Lives Resolution rejects unfounded theories about the dangers of vaccines and recognizes that scientifically sound education and outreach campaigns about vaccination and immunization are fundamental for a well-informed public. The resolution is supported by leaders in the medical community, including the American Medical Association, Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, Children’s Hospital Association, Every Child By Two, and March of Dimes.


 

Contact: Sean Savett (Duckworth), sean_savett@duckworth.senate.gov

Kathryn McQuade (Blackburn), kathryn_mcquade@blackburn.senate.gov

 

 

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WIU Supply Chain Management Named Top 30 Program in the U.S.

MACOMB/MOLINE - Western Illinois University's Supply Chain Management (SCM) program was named a Top 30 Program in the United States by renowned supply chain scientist Muddassir Ahmed. To make the designation, Ahmed said he considered various criteria, including overall return on investment, school reputation and tuition costs. 

"Every program on the list is duly accredited to have successfully met an extensive review standard set by the governing regulatory body," said Ahmed. "Western Illinois University delivers an exceptional Supply Chain Management degree. The curriculum used allows the student to prepare for jobs in various leading SCM sectors. AACSB, a global accrediting body, fully accredits the program."

Western's SCM boasts a 95 percent job placement rate after graduation; hosts an annual SCM day, where students and more than 45 industry partners are connected; and offers many opportunities for resumé building with hands-on experience outside the classroom, including field trips to manufacturing plants and distribution centers, global professional conferences, study abroad opportunities, national and global case competitions, an SCM Student Association and a required internship. 

"On behalf of the faculty within Western's SCM program, we have worked very hard to build a strong reputation for a high-quality program. This includes actively engaging our industry partners and providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum, as well as offering experiences outside the classroom to help develop our students into strong supply chain professionals," said Assistant Professor Honey Zimmerman. "We are all very passionate about what we are doing in the program. We are so proud of our students, and we appreciate the recognition as a Top 30 Program in the U.S., which will help us as we continuously recruit high school and community college students into supply chain management.

"This announcement as a Top 30 SCM Program in the U.S., which came as a pleasant surprise to us, has added to the momentum we are feeling right now with the recent announcement of the supply chain degree now available completely online," added Zimmerman. "The reputation we have developed wouldn't be possible without the commitment of the faculty and the outstanding support from the University, alumni and industry partners."

For more information on the WIU SCM program, visit wiu.edu/scm.

 

Original story by WIU News. Find them here.

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McDonough District Hospital Offering First Aid, CPR Classes

MACOMB – The McDonough District Hospital, alongside the Lifeguard Ambulance Service, will be offering a Community First Aid Class on Tuesday, May 7th at 6pm in Auditorium A. They will also be offering a Community CPR class on Tuesday, May 14th at 6pm in Auditoriums A & B and the Auxiliary conference room at MDH.

 

The First Aid course will cover injury assessment, various medical situations, and safety and injury prevention. The class will allow students to learn up-to-date first aid knowledge that will help individuals respond appropriately and confidently to an emergency situation that could save a life. The class will cover adult, child, and infant first aid techniques. The First Aid classes offered at MDH follow the American Heart Association guidelines and focus on remaining calm, performing proper first aid techniques, and obtaining medical assistance.

 

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is a life-saving technique to be used if someone would choke, stop breathing or experience cardiac arrest. This class offers adult, child and infant techniques for CPR and obstructed airway. Instruction for the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will also be covered.

 

Pre-registration and a $40 fee are required for each course. A minimum of six (6) participants are necessary for each class to be held. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone having special needs should give advance notice when pre-registering for the course. For more information or to register, please contact MDH Outreach Services at (309) 836-1584. To learn more about MDH Community Classes, visit www.MDH.org.

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Macomb Flags of Love Announces Expansion Project

MACOMB ­- The Macomb Flags of Love Committee announced today that they are undertaking an expansion of the Flags of Love into a Memorial Brick project, in Downtown Macomb’s Chandler Park.

 

The Flags of Love Project was started in 1977 by Leland “Tweed” Mummert, the late Robert

Anstine, the late William “Bill” Wayland, and the late Kay Ruggles. To date, more than 800

United States of America flags are displayed and placed in Chandler Park during five holidays

(Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day) to honor deceased

military veterans. The Flags of Love committee will be expanding the project to include

Memorial Bricks to honor and more permanently memorialize an Honorably discharged,

deceased veteran that has resided in McDonough County. The permanent bricks will be placed

on the South Side of Chandler Park near the Ruth Watts memorial fountain. The project will

include every veteran’s name that are already displayed on the Flags of Love. And, the project

will be built out, by those wishing to participate in the Memorial Brick project, beginning in

January 2019. The expansion was made possible, in late 2018, in part, by a sizable donation

from the V.I.B.E. (Volunteers Interesting in Benefiting Everyone) organization.

 

“We are currently at 852 flags and we are running out of space to display more flags”, stated

Marcia Lefante, Chairman of the Flags of Love and Memorial Brick Committee. “With the

Memorial Brick Project, we will be able to honor our deceased veterans every day and the Flags

of Love will continue to be displayed on the five holidays”, LeFante added.

 

For those wishing to participate in the Flags of Love Memorial Brick Project, more information

can be obtained by visiting the Macomb Flags of Love and Memorial Brick Facebook page.

Applications can be found at www.cityofmacomb.com.

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Ameren Donates to McDonough County United Way

MCDOUNUGH COUNTY - Ameren Illinois recently donated $5,630 to McDonough County United Way continuing a long-standing relationship between the two organizations. Ameren was awarded as a platinum level sponsor at The McDonough County United Way’s Annual Awards Luncheon on March 28, 2019.

 

In addition to payroll contributions by employees, Ameren Illinois supports United Way via corporate donation each year, placing Ameren Illinois among United Way’s Top Five Donors.

 

McDonough County United Way Executive Director, Heather Jones says that “We are grateful to Ameren for their tremendous ongoing support. The generosity of individuals and corporations such as Ameren allows us to provide funding to our partner agencies. With the assistance of our partner agencies, we will continue to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all individuals in our community”.

 

For more information about United Way contact Heather Jones at 309.837.9180 or by email at

mcdcunitedway@gmail.com.

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Bustos, Wenstrup Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Support Spouses of Injured Service Members

WASHINGTON – On April 10th, new legislation was introduced by Congress to support the spouses of servicemembers who sustain catastrophic injury. The Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act would extend home and automobile leasing protections in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, allowing the spouses of catastrophically injured servicemembers to terminate property leases and automobile leases and Gold Star spouses to terminate automobile leases.

 

The legislation was created in a bipartisan effort between Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Brad Wenstrup (OH-02). The inspiration for this legislation comes from testimony submitted by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) last Congress during a markup of the Gold Star Spouses Leasing Relief Act – another piece of legislation introduced by Representatives Bustos and Wenstrup. In their testimony, PVA advocated that the same protections being offered to widows and widowers also be provided to the spouses of servicemembers who sustain catastrophic injury. As a result of injury, servicemembers may spend a significant amount of time in rehabilitation facilities – additionally, cars or property that they own may become inaccessible. Today’s legislation would eliminate this loophole and alleviate potential financial burdens for servicemembers and their families.

 

A companion bill will be introduced in the United States Senate by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).

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